[ILUG] opensource too costly for Irish gov
bryano at europlex.ie
Fri Apr 30 11:54:53 IST 2004
John Madden wrote:
> Well, while they're making bad decisions and dressing them up, some
> people are making informed decisions. I came across this article during
> the week and found it quite an interesting read from the perspective of
> Linux in business. It deals with all the major issues (support, cost,
> desktop linux not mature yet etc. etc.) and dispells the myths.
That's a good read.
I think, mostly, people fear what they don't understand, certainly, before I
came in touch with Linux, I thought that people who used it, were the Holden
Caulfields of the computer industry, basically, hippies with keyboards.
When you get right down to it, though, the fear of the pain involved in using
Linux was in the first case irrational and in the long term case, completely
counter intuitive, since, when you do manage to break away from a Windows
environment, you wonder, what the hell you were ever doing there to begin with.
A bit like smoking that.
Speaking of which... I'm sure if we shouted and roared at Mary Hannafin enough,
we'd eventually get some grudging movement, like what happened with Eircom,
but, at a certain point, do you really care about saving the government from
it's own stupidity?
Just don't pay the tax, as a conscientious objector to the IT spending of the
If it was a war, we were talking about, you could be a 'conscientious objector'
grow your hair and move to Canada.
I'll just not pay my taxes.... in good conscience too!
Embedded Software Engineer
Europlex Technologies Ltd
Clonshaugh Business & Technology Park
T:+353 (0) 1 2500500
F:+353 (0) 1 2500590
E:bryano at euoplex.ie
More information about the ILUG